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msecerov

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02-07-2017 02:52 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question combination machine combined combined machine combination machine stomana nikmann robland minimax

Greetings everyone, I’m a new user here and I’m also new to professional woodworking. I have done small hobby projects before, but it was nothing serious. Now I want to turn professional and am in need of a combined machine, not too big in dimensions since my space is limited (5×7m).

The machine I’m currently looking at is a Bulgarian made machine.
http://stomana.net/machineeng/76/K5-32
Their name for the western market is Nikmann.
The machine costs around 6000 euro or around $6500 which is just about my budget.

What I want to know is if anyone knows anything about that company and/or machine and whether it is a good buy or not.

Other machines I’m looking at are:
Minimax lab 300 plus. Around 6500 euro or $7000
Robland NX Pro around 7500 euro or $8000

But those are above my budget.

Every bit of help is much appreciated.

Thank you very much.


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mahdee

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#1 posted 02-07-2017 12:29 PM

I am not familiar with these but if I were you I would check into parts availability, customer support and repairs. ShopSmith maybe another option to look at.

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William Shelley

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#2 posted 02-07-2017 07:05 PM



I am not familiar with these but if I were you I would check into parts availability, customer support and repairs. ShopSmith maybe another option to look at.

- mahdee

I’m not familiar with the european market, but I will say that ShopSmith is an absolute toy compared to the big euro-style 5-in-1 or similar machines.

It’s like comparing a Datsun pickup with an 18-wheeler big rig.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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builtinbkyn

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#3 posted 02-07-2017 08:25 PM

Man those machines are pretty nice. The combo surface/thickness planer also does mortising.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#4 posted 02-07-2017 08:27 PM

I don’t believe that machine is available in America, but compared to the other European multi function machines, it appears to be in the same league. At $6500, it can’t be all that bad. That machine appears to be popular in Australia. Try to access some users in that country.

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msecerov

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#5 posted 02-07-2017 08:42 PM

Thank you all for the answers. It is a pretty versatile machine. ShopSmith is not an option for me since I’m from Serbia (Europe) and importing from the US is going to cost me a lot.
The machine is sold under different names:
Stomana/Nikmann k5-32
Holzmann k5 320vfp
Weibert w7-32
Holzprofi k5-32

The only thing fairly similar I could find in the US market is:
http://www.baileigh.com/combination-woodworking-machine-mf-3005

Although the European one looks more robust…
So the question is whether it is a good buy or not? :)

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